ACDS Student-Athlete Development Programs provide a platform of training, education and guidance to student-athletes who demonstrate an athletic talent, and who wish to continue their sport at an American University.  Our team of world-class directors and facilitators guide younger student-athletes through the critical foundation years of their development, allowing them to take advantage of an early start and dramatically improve their options for University admissions, as well as their preparedness for College life.

ACDS programs are open to student-athletes ages 11 to 17 years old, at all levels of athletic talent and both U.S. and international athletes. Although student-athletes academic preparedness is improved through enrollment, all student-athletes must meet minimum academic requirements prior to enrollment.  For those student-athletes whose first language is not English, a command of spoken English or a clear commitment to improving English speaking through organized studies with ACDS facilitators or via a third party is expected.

The Development Curriculum

Delivered along a development cycle that repeats itself once each year for enrollees, the program curriculum is structured to help enrollees to stay ahead of key academic timelines and requirements, set specific targets to improve their college standing, and build their student-athlete resume via exclusive opportunities to travel and compete on the junior circuit in America with ACDS.  As student-athletes progress through the program, they are propelled to maximize their standardized test scores, obtain timely NCAA eligibility and earn valuable coach exposure opportunities for themselves, which can include unofficial and official visits College visits.

Working with our Student-Athletes

Student-athletes are permitted to enroll in ACDS programs for one or two year periods. During each semester (6-months), student-athletes are given weekly,  monthly and semester-long assignments, covering both academic and athletic of their individual college development program.  The completion of each assignment and project throughout enrollment provides the student-athletes with critical tools and readiness for college athletics.  The program flows along a structured workflow that is designed to helps student-athletes acquire an aptitude for prioritizing and managing time effectively (critical personal skills for success prior to and during one’s time as a college athlete).

Delivered Value of ACDS Programs

A comprehensive combination of 6 value-added areas of support and development:

Athletic Development

Student-athletes work with former college and professional athletes on identifying their goals, and executing a plan of athletic development to enhance their readiness and standing for college. ACDS leaders employ their real-time knowledge of college coach expectations to craft optimize tournament schedules that will best advance their specific college goals. The tournament scheduling process remains dynamic throughout the year, adapting to the enrollee's changing development trajectory, significantly optimize their junior ranking &amp; metrics, tournament eligibility and direct college coach exposure</p> <p>Student-athletes are additionally prepared for life as a college athlete through competition discipline training and building specific areas of athletic maturity that cater to the type of college-ready athlete that the university coaching staff are looking for.

Academic Readiness

ACDS applies its qualified team to the development of each of its student-athletes' academic standing for admissions consideration. This involves working with each student to ensure an they set the appropriate standardized tests plans, follow the critical timelines, and execute the right standardized test preparation process in order to best achieve their admissions goals, retain NCAA eligibility and meet the expectations of college coaches. In all cases, ACDS emphasizes early academic preparation for each student-athletes who wishes to maximize their standing as a College athletics prospect, and focuses on the often overlooked but key differences in the components of academic development for College athletes compared to regular students.

Travel Programs

ACDS provides enrollees with a year-round travel platform. At any time during their enrolment, student-athletes can opt to travel to competitions and college campuses with their ACDS leaders. During the summer, enrollees can join one of the many ACDS college team simulation program, during which student-athletes travel, compete and develop their skills alongside a team of their peers. ACDS designs and runs the travel component of its programs in view of, 1) assisting the family-unit in managing the extensive time demands of development, 2) helping to reduce the family's overall costs, 3) enhancing the student-athlete’s on-site coach exposure, and 4) readying the student-athlete for life as a member of a college team, by helping to build specific inter-personal skills brought out in competition and team travel environments.

Tournament Assets

As a member of ACDS programs, student-athletes become eligible to earn high-value tournament exemptions for performance, academic diligence and leadership initiative. Student-athletes earn tournament exemptions by demonstrating their dedication to achieving their college goals will gain entry into higher-ranked events where coaches' are heavily focused. Student-athletes will by-pass entry-level events on the junior circuit, which can drain critical time during the development process and require more financial commitment from the family. ACDS events, either open to program members only or the general public, are another platform for its student-athletes to earn such high-value tournament exemptions. In addition to its purse of tournament exemptions to award its dedicated enrollees, ACDS retains a working relationship with tournament organizers around the United States, giving its student-athletes entry opportunities they otherwise would not have had.

College & Application Planning

For their University application, student-athletes are provided hands-on support from the ACDS team, which draws from its experience in vetting and preparing students from all over the U.S. and the world for University admissions. In addition to guiding the student through the application process, ensuring all documentation and paperwork is completed properly, ACDS leaders provide the student-athlete with full support and supervision in the essay researching, planning, writing and editing process. Student-athletes are equipped with the tools they need to produce papers that best meet school administrators ‘ expectations. In line with our strict plagiarism policies, ACDS helps its student-athletes write essays that reflect their inner-voice in harness with capabilities of literary expression. The ACDS team draws from the accredited work of renowned scholars in essay writing methodology such as Donald Asher and Richard J. Stelzer, adapted to each student-athletes specific admissions outlook and individual writing style.

Powerful Data Tools

All information and guidance provided to enrollees is supported by ACDS proprietary databases of current and historical data, amassed and examined daily by its team of analysts. ACDS understands the importance of remaining relevant, and accurate with any counsel it provides, and its 2016 initiative to develop its data department have proven worthwhile. Data modeling by the ACDS team has become an irreplaceable tool in delivering value through its program components such as tournament scheduling, eligibility management, academic timelines and targets, planning travel and the use of tournament exemptions. For the family-unit, the incorporation of this powerful tool achieve their goals for college. Today, ACDS remains the only organization in the world with a clear initiative to develop these data assets and employ them in the provision of powerful tools for developing its student-athletes.

Communicating Remotely

ACDS program facilitators are in day-to-day contact with players and parents, and student-athletes are required to submit weekly and monthly reports.  Each semester, student-athletes receive mid-term and final reports on their development.

Though some student-athletes tend to be more independent than others, ACDS provides the same time and effort in preparing each student-athlete for success.  Day to day, ACDS and student-athletes communicate via basic telecommunications mediums such as phone calls and email, as well as remote conferencing and training software when collaboration on a specific assignment is required.

Face-Time & Travel

On average, ACDS meets with its student-athletes 10 times, often for multiple days per instance.  ACDS group leaders, program facilitators and directors spend over half the year traveling the junior circuit and visiting college campuses.  Having staff already on-site at junior tournaments year-round allows our team and our student-athletes to spend ample time together while playing the specific sequence of events that will help achieve their specific goals, while optimizing their junior ranking, eligibility status and coach exposure on the junior circuit.

When required, ACDS leaders travel to meet with their student-athletes to ensure adequate face-time is provided and the student-athlete has the support they require.